Just about the nicest place in the Great Southwest!

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RUIDOSO is a mountain resort town in south-central area of New Mexico. At altitudes ranging from about 5,000 feet in the lower valley to over 12,000 feet atop Sierra Blanca Peak, this is a wonderful place to visit any time of year, and a wonderful place to live full-time. A visit to our PHOTO GALLERY will give you just a hint of the beauty of the area, and show you why tourism and Real Estate are our main “industries”.

The largest community in Lincoln County, Ruidoso, first became a popular summertime destination in the 1920’s for ” wealthy” West Texas residents trying to escape the heat. Over the next 50 years, it developed into a year-round travel destination. With some of the best world’s best horses racing at Ruidoso Downs in the summer, and skiing in the winter as the major activities, there are many other events and activities that make a trip to Ruidoso something you will remember no matter what time of year you visit.

The first residents of the Ruidoso area were (probably) an offshoot of the Mimbres / Mogollon culture. (When I was an archaeology student, my semester project was a “Mini-dig” where artifacts dating from approximately 800 A.D. were recovered.) The first “European” residents were probably Spanish settlers in the 1830’s. (Although there could have been some much earlier in both cases).

The most famous resident of Lincoln County was probably William Bonney (William Antrim), better known as “Billy The Kid”. Along with Sheriff Pat Garrett, many books and movies have been produced about the Lincoln County War and its aftermath. Other famous area residents included the famous artists Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth.

Now, Ruidoso is a diverse community of approximately 8,000 full time residents, but the “population” can swell to over 30,000 on a major weekend like Labor Day or during Aspenfest.